People and Projects
The Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) aims to initiate and support inter-disciplinary research on China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia.
For faculty at the University of Groningen researching East Asia see the below listing.
Dr. Sunkung Choi is Assistant Professor at Global Economics & Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business. Sunkung Choi graduated with an MA in Economics at Pusan National University and received her Doctoral degree (magma cum laude) at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany with her dissertation "Effects of Experiencing Economic Crisis on Risk Perception and Risk Attitude – the South Korean Case" (2014). Her research interests include behavior economics and she applies economic experiments as the research method. In addition to her duties at the Faculty od Economics and Business Dr. Choi has research affiliation with CEASG.
Dr. Frank Gaenssmantel is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and International Organisation at the University of Groningen. He has previously held a position as Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Contemporary China (Centro di Alti Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea, CASCC) in Turin (2008-2010) and taught at the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai (2004-2006).
His research interests include China-EU relations, as well as Chinese and EU foreign policies . He received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence with the thesis “How international actors interact – Explaining China’s Engagement with the EU, 2002-2007”(defended in September 2009). He also holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna and Washington, DC, and a licence from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Dr. Francesco Giumelli is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and International Organization of the University of Groningen. Dr. Giumelli has worked as Assistant Professor in International Relations and European Studies at Metropolitan University Prague (MUP), 2008-2013, and as Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, 2010-2011. Dr. Giumelli has extensively published on EU-sanctions on China, Myanmar and Uzbekistan in his book The Success of Sanctions (Ashgate, 2013). Giumelli has also published on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, Cambodia and Afghanistan in his Coercing, Constaining and Signalling (ECPR Press, 2011).
Prof. dr. mr. Tjalling Halbertsma is Director International of the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen and professor of East Asian Studies, with a focus on modern day Mongolia. Before joining the University of Groningen, Halbertsma was posted as the first Netherlands´diplomat to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Halbertsma completed a PhD at the Sinological Institute of Leiden University on the Nestorian heritage of Inner Mongolia. His documentation of this heritage was exhibited at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. Halbertsma has written extensively about Asia for various newspapers, including the South China Morning Post, the Asian Art Newspaper and Dagblad Trouw, and is author of a number of books and travelogues on China and Mongolia. His research interests include foreign policy of Mongolia.
Prof. dr. Jan van der Harst is co-director of the Dutch Studies Centre Fudan-Groningen, formalized cooperation with the Department of European Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai (since 2008), and of the Tsinghua-Groningen Research Centre for China-EU relations, with the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing (since 2011). He has co-edited two books on China-EU relations: 'China and the European Union: Concord or Conflict?' (Maastricht: Shaker Publishing, 2012) and 'The European Sovereign Debt Crisis and China-EU Relations' (Beijing: Tsinghua University, 2013). Each academic year he teaches courses on the European Union for students of Fudan University and Tsinghua University.
Prof dr. Ron Holzhacker is Director of SPIRIT Indonesia Groningen (SInGA) at the University of Groningen, a program for 10 PhD candidates from the Indonesian civil service with funding from the World Bank. He is also Head of the research group ‘Good Governance and Sustainable Society’ focusing on theory, methods, and policy recommendations for multi-level governance for middle-income developing countries. For CEASG, Ron is Scientific Director for Governance and South East Asia and initiator of GSG/CEASG's RESEARCH ASIA. Research Asia is a collaborative project of a number of scholars attached to important centres and research programs at the University of Groningen, designed to increase the dialogue, production, and dissemination of research focused on contemporary Asia at the University. This initiative is designed to create an Asian focal point as an important contributor to the new sustainable society core research area recently identified by the University.
Prof. Dr. Janny de Jong is Director of Studies of the Master IR- East Asian Studies (IR), professor Europe-East Asian Relations, with a focus on Japan, and Director of the Centre for Japan Studies. As a historian her expertise lays in the field of global history and the relations between Europe and East Asia, especially Japan. In her position as Academic coordinator/director Dutch Studies Center Osaka-Groningen she designed and taught a course called Gateway to Europe, contemporary Dutch studies, which she taught at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University).
She was research fellow at the Tekijuku Commemoration Center and at the Graduate School of Letters (Osaka University) as well as at the University of Indiana. She is a Member of Core Group TuCAHEA (Towards a Central Asian Higher Education Area: Tuning Structures and Building Quality Culture, a Tempus Project) for the discipline History. De Jong has a broad experience in teaching and research as well as in management and organization. From 2001-2009 she joined the board of the International Institute for Asia Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, representing the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW).
Ya-pei KUO is a university lecturer in the Department of History and is a historian of modern China. She received her BA from National Taiwan University and her MA and PhD from University of Wisconsin,Madison. Her research focuses on the formation of key concepts, such as “culture” and “religion,” in China’s intense process of globalization from 1850 to 1950. She has in the past written on the changing meaning of Confucius cult, and the Chinese perceptions of Christianity. She is currently preparing her book-length manuscript on the discourse of “culture” in interwar China.
Dr. Christopher Lamont is GSG-Liaison for Japan Affairs and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen. Recently, Dr. Lamont was a research fellow at the Tekijuku Commemoration Center and taught at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University), Japan. Dr. Lamont’s research interests focus on international law and transitional justice. He has published widely in these fields. His publications in include his book International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance (Ashgate 2010) and contributions to a number of edited volumes and journals. Lamont has further published on Air Defense Identification Zones in East Asia.
Dr. Lukas Linsi is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at RUG's Department of International Relations and International Organization. Having lived in Singapore and Mongolia during his graduate studies, he completed his PhD at the London School of Economics in 2016. Before joining RUG he was a post-doc at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the social and political implications of economic restructuring in the early twenty-first century. He has a special interest in the case of Mongolia to study the opportunities and challenges of sustainable economic development in a global political economy.
Oliver Moore is a sinologist and appointed as Chair in Chinese Culture and Language at the Faculty of Arts as of 1 September 2016. Oliver is educated at SOAS and Cambridge who has worked at Leiden University, Kyoto University, the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden and the British Museum in London. He has researched a variety of topics, including the social history, visual arts and material culture of China. His first book was a study of the first Chinese state examinations entitled: Rituals of Recruitment in Tang China(2004). His publication Photography’s Chinese Metaphors: A History of the First Century of Photography in China will appear later this year. Oliver Moore is committed to developing a Bachelor’s programme in Chinese Culture and Language as well as a Chinese-language training programme for lecturers.
Drs. Garrie van Pinxteren is a sinologist, journalist, researcher and university lecturer whose professional involvement with China spans a period of over thirty years. She has lived in China for more than ten years. She first came to Beijing in 1982 as a student of ancient Chinese history in Shanghai. After obtaining an MA in sinology from Leiden University in 1988, she was an interpreter and an advisor on cultural exchanges with China. She moved to China in 1998 to become the first director of the Dutch Business Support Office in Hangzhou. In 2001 she moved to Beijing, where she was the China-correspondent for the newspaper NRC Handelsblad, for the national Dutch broadcasting corporation NOS and for Radio Netherlands Worldwide. In 2007, she published a book about the growing Chinese tendency to set its own international standards. Since returning to the Netherlands in 2009, she is senior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, lecturer on journalism at Groningen University and lecturer on the media and China at Leiden University. She acts as panel chair for China-related seminars and debates, writes columns and essays on China and regularly appears as China-specialist in the media. She is presently preparing a Ph.D. on journalism in China.
Dr. Stefania Travagnin is Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Assistant Professor of Religion in Asia. She is also Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia and a Member of the Editorial Board of the 'Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society China' and of the the Advisory Editorial Board of 'Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception'. Stefania researches different forms and levels of engagement between religion - especially Buddhism - and modernity in the Chinese context(s).
Being trained in Chinese Studies and the Study of Religions, she looks at Buddhism as framed within the theories and critical terms of the field of religious studies, as well as within the history, society and culture of China, and so in dialogue with Daoism, Confucianism and folk religions. Furthermore, as a scholar of religion in China, she aims to interpret Chinese culture through local religious practices, and at the same time to articulate a new definition of religion as within the East Asian context.
Dr. Martin Uebele holds a PhD in economics from Humboldt-University Berlin and has been working on international business cycles and commodity markets in the first wave of globalisation in the 19th century. He is currently expanding his area of interest to East Asia, especially China. By collaborating with researchers at Renmin University, Beijing, and Beijing Normal University he investigates the reasons for the diverging economic developments between Europe and China, 18th to 20th centuries.
Dr. mr. Herman Voogsgeerd holds degrees in public international and EU law and in contemporary history. His PhD from 2000 is in EU internal market law. He presently works as a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the department of International Relations and International Organization (Faculty of Arts) and in (International and European) Company and Labour law (Faculty of Law), both at the University of Groningen. His research interests focus on balancing social and economic rights, corporate governance of large firms and the rise of Asia. He is publishing right now a.o. a book chapter on the role of civil society and trade unions in Japan and co-editing a book on comparative regionalism and regionalization EU-East Asia, a cooperation project between the Universities of Groningen and Osaka (Japan).
Dr. Stefan Weishaar M.Sc., LL.M. is Associate Professor of Law and Economics, from the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He studied two years at the International Christian University in Tokyo and worked at the Delegation of the European Commission in Tokyo.
Academically his interest focuses on market regulation in the broader sense, with a keen interest in the interconnection between economic insights and legal rules. Research areas include market integration in the EU and China, Competition law and Public procurement laws (in EU, China and Japan) and Climate law in Japan, China, Korea Australia the EU and the US. He heads the research group on Linking of Emissions Trading Systems (LETS). He regularly teaches as visiting Professor at the China Europe School of Law and the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing and frequently participates in conferences in Asia.
Dr. Yongjun Zhao is Programme Manager at the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen. He is a development anthropologist with expertise in natural resource (land, water, forests, grassland) governance and sustainable development in China and sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on the social and institutional dimensions of natural resource governance concerning land tenure reform, land administration, land acquisition, land market, community forestry, water resources management, rangeland management, food security, rural-urban development and governance in China and Africa, and China’s engagement with Africa on agricultural and sustainable development issues.
Dr. Yongjun Zhao is currently engaged in China-Africa relations that cover the broad issues of pro-poor investments, environmental governance and poverty reduction in Africa from multi-stakeholder perspectives. He also studies China's own experiences of development and the implications for its engagement with Africa, especially with regard to the livelihoods, food security and natural resource use of African smallholders.
Dr. Pieter Boele van Hensbroek is deputy director of Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) of the University of Groningen and lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy. He teaches Political Philosophy, and on Ethnicity and Development; he also coordinates the new course Asian Philosophical Traditions.
His research is in the history of political ideas in the non-western worlds, especially from a philosophical perspective. Another of his topics in citizenship. Among his publications: Political Discourses in African Thought: 1860 to the Present (Westport: Praeger, 1999) and (co-edited) Cultural Citizenship in Political Theory (Oxford: Routledge, 2012). He recently developed a has a special interest in the Indian thinker Ambedkar and early modern Korean political thought.
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